Vietnam’s national airline carrier, Vietnam Airlines, successfully operates its first commercial direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport to San Francisco on the 29th of November.
The flight took 13 hours and 45 minutes to reach the US and used Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, one of the most modern wide-body aircraft in the world manufactured by the US's Boeing Company.
This event marks a historic milestone for Vietnam’s aviation industry. Vietnam's aviation industry and Vietnam Airlines have been gearing up for a reguar direct-flight route from Vietnam to the US for 20 years now. Finally, on the 4th of November 2021, Vietnam airlines officially received a permit from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate non-stop commercial flight service between the two countries.
According to statistics, the US aviation market accounted for 1.4 million passengers in 2019 and grew at an average of 8% per year between 2017 and 2019. The establishment of the direct-flight route between the two counties will facilitate more quick, convenient and seamless exchanges as well as help to promote economic ties and strengthen relationships.
At the moment, Vietnam Airlines operates two flights per week between Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco. However, the national carrier has plans to gradually increase this number up to seven flights per week after the COVID-19 pandemic is controlled and international borders are allowed. In addition, Vietnam Airlines also has plans to launch direct-flight routes from Vietnam to other key cities in the US including Los Angeles.
Ivar C. Satero, Director of the San Francisco Airport, said he was proud to have been selected as the inaugural destination for the launch of Vietnam Airlines’ first commercial Vietnam-US direct-flight.
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